How To Cook Fisherman Soup: The popular Nigerian Fisherman soup is a simple soup made with fish and other seafood as its protein source. This soup is filled with lots of nutritious ingredients, and it is a seafood delight. If you love seafood, then this is for you. It has Crabs, king prawns, giant snails, periwinkles, ngolo (whelks), and barracuda fish.
The fisherman’s soup is very popular among the Niger Delta states of Nigeria, mainly; the riverine communities of Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Bayelsa. This delicacy gained popularity among the people of these communities because of the large body of water available in their communities. As a result, most people from these regions make their living from the sea; as fishermen.
This soup doesn’t take a long time to prepare at all. This is because seafood generally gets cooked within minutes. Remember that this soup is best enjoyed when it is spicy and steamy hot. This soup can be enjoyed with Pounded Yam, Eba, Semo, or Fufu. Let’s show you how to prepare this meal.
How To Cook Nigerian Fisherman Soup
- Ngolo (Whelks) also called sea snails
- Palm oil
- Yellow scotch bonnet peppers
- Red pepper
- Coco yam
- Barracuda Fish
- Uziza seeds
- Uziza leaves
- King prawns
- Crayfish powder
- Cameroon Pepper
- Seasoning cubes.
- Let's start off by preparing the fish. Wash and place them in a clean pot. Then add your Ngolo. The fish and Ngolo takes about the same time to cook, so there is no need to bother. Now, add your snails too. Then add your diced onions. Make sure that you are using a wide pot to cook this, especially if you bought a lot of ingredients.
- Now, blend your yellow and red pepper and add some paste to the pot. Next, add some salt and some Cameroon pepper. Also add some seasoning stock cubes and add a little water to cook well. Cover the pot and allow it to cook for about 10 minutes.
- In another pan, add your already washed coco yams and cook them till they're soft. After about 6 or 7 minutes, check on your food and add your washed crabs. Crabs take between 5 to around 7 minutes to cook. So, simply add it, cover and allow to cook.
- Check back on your coco yam to see if it is soft. If you want to be sure that the coco yam is done, try using a fork to pierce through the coco yam. If it's soft, the fork will easily go through. Once you're sure it's ready, take it off the heat and place it in a clean bowl. Peel off the skin and either pound or blend.
- Now, in a clean pot, add some palm oil and allow to heat up a little. Now, add your remaining pepper blend. Season with some salt and stock cubes. As it is cooking, add your snails one by one to continue cooking. Cover the pot and allow it to get done.
- Now, add about 2 cups of water to prepare the soup. Next, add some crayfish powder. Also add your already ground uziza seeds and stir. Once that is done, add your blended coco yam paste. Don't use a lot. Add some and keep stirring it. Now, add your prawns and stir again.
- Once the prawns are cooked, add your Ngolo, crabs, fish, and the rest and stir thoroughly. You can add your Periwinkles now. Your soup should be looking yummy and irresistible by now.
- Now is the time to add your Uziza leaves. Don't forget to slice them. Stir gently to combine. Let it cook for a bit and your soup is ready to be served.
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